That will be the final game of the 11 contests in the challenge series that will be played between November 27-29 at various campus sites. Clemson will take on the Gophers in Williams Arena in Minneapolis, MN in a game that will be televised nationally on ESPN2.
Tip-off is slated for 9:30 PM eastern time.
This will mark the second straight year that Clemson has had
to go on the road for the ACC vs. Big Ten Challenge. Clemson and
Miami (FL) are both in that situation this year, marking just the
second and third times an ACC team has had to play on the road in
consecutive years. Georgia Tech had back-to-back road games in the
Challenge in 2002 and 2003.
Clemson has a 5-2 record in its seven previous ACC-Big Ten
Challenge games, tied for third best among ACC teams. Duke has a
7-0 record in its previous seven appearances, while Wake Forest is
6-1. Clemson and Florida State are both 5-2. Last year Clemson
defeated Penn State in State College, PA.
The ACC has a 40-22 overall lead in the games played over the
previous seven seasons and the ACC has won the season series all
seven years. Four of the previous seven the ACC's margin has been
by just one game, including last year when the ACC won by a 6-5
This will be the sixth meeting between Clemson and Minnesota.
The Gophers have a 4-1 lead in the series. Clemson's only win came
at Littlejohn Coliseum in 1995-96 by a 79-66 score. The two schools
met twice in the 1996-97 season, a year Clemson advanced to the Sweet
16 of the NCAA Tournament. Minnesota downed Clemson 75-62 in the
championship game of the San Juan Shootout in Puerto Rico in
November, then the Gophers stopped the Tigers 90-84 in double
overtime in the third round of the NCAA Tournament in San Antonio, TX.
Minnesota had a 16-15 record last year and advanced to the
second round of the NIT. They defeated Wake Forest in the first
round at home, 73-58, before losing at Cincinnati in the second
ACC vs. Big Ten Challenge Schedule for 2006
Date Game Time TV
Nov. 27 Michigan at NC State 7:00 PM ESPN2
Nov. 28 Maryland at Illinois 7:00 PM ESPN
Florida State at Wisconsin 7:30 PM ESPN2
Penn State at Georgia Tech 8:00 PM ESPNU
Indiana at Duke 9:00 PM ESPN
Miami (FL) at Northwestern 9:30 PM ESPN2
Nov. 29 Michigan State at Boston College 7:00 PM ESPN
Virginia at Purdue 7:30 PM ESPN2
Iowa at Virginia Tech 8:00 PM ESPNU
Ohio State at North Carolina 9:00 PM ESPN
Clemson at Minnesota 9:30 PM ESPN2
Clemson - Minnesota in Big Ten Challenge
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